Hannah Darms, Interim Director and Operations Coordinator, The Muse
253.627.6031 ext. 244
For over 30 years, Children’s Museum of Tacoma has nurtured young children and their grown-ups through play-based exhibits, onsite programming, and community outreach.
The Muse: a children’s center offers high quality, licensed child care that emphasizes a child-centered approach to early learning. The Muse is a program of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma in collaboration with UW Tacoma. At The Muse children are seen as capable, contributing, and compassionate citizens of our community who partner with teachers to discover exploration and learning opportunities within their environment. We promote school readiness by developing critical thinking and social-emotional skills through play based learning that includes math, science, and the arts.
We are inspired by the schools of Reggio Emila, Italy, where the image of the child is seen as capable, competent, and with high potential. At the heart of this approach to early childhood education are the relationships between families, children, and teachers. We believe children are valuable citizens and contributors to the community and that teacher’s partner with children in the learning process.
Curriculum emerges as children interact within both indoor and outdoor environments that are designed to invite wonder, curiosity, joy, and discovery. Included in the design of The Muse is the Studio, a place for open-ended art exploration that encourages collaboration and investigation with materials. Playground-ish will be The Muse’s own backyard. Intended to closely resemble a naturally growing backyard, Playground-ish includes sculpture, kitchen gardens, and exploration of natural materials, music, and gross motor play.
We recognize that The Muse is your child’s second home when he or she is with us, and the environment of The Muse is designed to surround your child with warmth, comfort, and beauty. While at The Muse your child receives nurturing support from our teachers. We share with you the care of your child and become a partner in meeting your child’s developmental goals and needs.
The Muse: a children’s center
1501 Pacific Avenue, Lower Level
Tacoma, WA 98402
Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.*
*The Muse will be closed select holidays.
Toddlers (Nest and Journey Classrooms):Full time (5 days) - $1100 per month
Preschoolers (Bridges and Forest Classrooms): Full time (5 days) - $1050 per month
We recommend applying to The Muse at least one year before your desired start date. Waiting times vary between classrooms and may be 6-12 months before a spot becomes available. Preschool is currently at capacity and wait time is around 18-24 months.
We highly encourage families to tour our center after submitting an application and before enrollment offer.
If you are interested in a tour, please contact Hannah Darms (email@example.com). Tours are 15-20 minutes, and are offered Monday- Thursday. 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To pay your tuition online, visit the payment website.